Years ago I was really into cigars. It was around the time I started playing golf with some friends from work. We played 9 holes of golf after work on Wednesdays, and a full round of 18 on weekends. Golf led to cigars on the course, and cigars led to whisky at the 19th hole. That’s three fairly expensive hobbies all at once. I look back now and miss those days.
I don’t golf as regularly anymore, and don’t smoke cigars nearly as often either. I still have a fairly decent collection of Single Malt Whisky, mostly Islay Malts, but haven’t poured myself a dram in a while. Why? The Craft Beer Revolution, that’s why!
Ever since I started exploring craft beer, I’ve put my other hobbies on the shelf. Slowly I’ve been integrating them back into my routine. For example, I play beer soaked golf now and then with the guys thanks to canned craft beer. And I’ve popped the cork on some Single Malt Scotch after enjoying a really bold IPA or a barrel-aged stout. What’s next? Cigars! So when I heard about the Gray Cloud event I was intrigued. Beer and Cigars? At a local golf course? Really!?! Yes, really.
So, if you’ve been following our tweets, then you know that today was the Orange County BrewHaHa beer festival in Irvine, California. The BeerSoaked guys were in attendance and were far too busy drinking craft beer and meeting with cool folks to “live blog” during the event. So we’re posting after the fact. Better Nate than lever. Continue reading
Are you going to the OC BrewHaHa this weekend, Saturday, September 10th?
The Beer Soaked guys will be there. We are planning on pacing ourselves in order to sample as many brews as we can. Thankfully the sponsors are providing water and sodas free of charge with your admission. So staying hydrated is going to be easy.
They’ve got over 60 breweries lined up, three expert beer presentations, live entertainment, and some tasty food too. This has all the preparations for a great beer festival. We are really looking forward to it. I’m especially interested in the presentations from beer experts: Dr. Bill Sysak, Ed Heethuis, and Jonathan Porter. I’m always looking to further my knowledge of beer.
Not only is this going to be a huge beer soaked event with a plethora of breweries offering tastes of over 150 different brews, but it’s a fund raiser for the Orange County Fallen Firefighters Relief Fund, so you get that warm and fuzzy feeling inside that comes from helping out the families of the firefighters lost in the line of duty.
Check out the OC BrewHaHa website for all the details. http://ocbrewhaha.com/
DATE: Saturday, 9/10/2011
TIME: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
All tickets include:
- Commemorative Festival Glass
- Ten 4 oz Tastes (Additional tastes may be purchased)
- Free Parking
- Free Water and Soda
- Beer Appreciation Seminars by Renowned Experts
Hidden Valley Private Park
8800 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
Hope to see you there!